Friday, May 1, 2009

MMC - 30 Minute Menus for May 3

May has finally arrived! To help with the grocery bill this week, I have selected a 'cook once - eat three times' weekly menu plan with the Turkey Breast on Sunday followed with a Chicken Taco Bake for Cinco de Mayo and Bistro Chicken on Thursday. All three meals are very different so your family will not be saying "Oh, no. Not leftovers again!".

The Pulled Pork supper on Monday will leave you with lots of pork for wonderful sandwiches or salads for lunch all week. The Linguine Primavera on Saturday is just a celebration of Spring and Mother's Day. I will be visiting my mother this weekend and want to prepare some nice meals for her. Check back next week for the Mother's Day menu.

Are you hosting a party for Cinco de Mayo or do you have another party in your plans? If so, check out the latest feature on my website - 'Party in a Bag'! The Bags are designed to help you pull your party together in 30 minutes - flat! I love to entertain but don't often have the time required to pull off a big, fancy 'do', so, over the years, I have learned a few short-cuts; I will share them with you.

If you are planning a dinner party, take a look at the Holiday and Special '30-Minute Complete Menu Plans' on my website. You will find menu ideas to help with your celebration or 'do'.

The Family Meals '30-Minute Complete Menu Plans' are developed to help with both weeknight and special dinner prep. I create Complete Menu Plans using the 30-minute menus from this blog:
  • The Complete Menu Plans give you recipes and step-by-step instructions for preparing the complete meal (not just the entree as most meal plans do) in 30 minutes - flat! I even include a grocery list to save unnecessary trips to the grocery store.
  • These are eComplete Menu Plans so you can purchase the menu plan now and use it for dinner tonight!
  • You won't have to spend your precious time thinking of menu ideas and then looking up the recipes - I will send it all directly to you!
  • You can purchase a Complete Menu Plan for the introductory price of .25 each.
  • If you have found my 30-minute menus helpful, then you must check out the 30-Minute Complete Menu Plans!
You will find that I use several cooking methods, mix and match, to get dinner on the table quickly! (The ingredients in parenthesis show some of my quick-prep steps.) You can always substitute your favorite made-from-scratch recipes when you have more time.

I hope you have a great week!

Turkey Breast with French Country Gravy (crock pot; jarred Alfredo sauce; save some turkey for Tuesday and Thursday)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Pound Cake Torte (purchased pound cake, prepared frosting)

Pulled Pork (crock pot; bottled BBQ sauce and mushroom gravy)
Buns and Condiments (purchased buns, jarred condiments)
Black-Eyed Pea Salad (canned peas, corn, and chilies)
Cheesecake Filled Pears (instant cheesecake pudding mix, canned pears)

Tuesday: (Cinco de Mayo)
Chicken Taco Ring Bake (poultry from Sunday; crescent rolls, shredded cheddar cheese)
Salsa and Sour Cream Toppings (jarred salsa, purchased sour cream)
Lettuce and Tomatoes (shredded lettuce)
Refried Beans (canned beans)
Red Onion / Orange Salad (canned Mandarin orange sections)
Heavenly Hash (purchased angel food cake, canned fruit cocktail, jarred maraschino cherries, frozen whipped topping)

Tortellini Rustica with Fresh Vegetables (vegetarian; prepared tortellini, grated Parmesan cheese)
Three Pepper Salad (jarred Italian salad dressing)
Quick Tortoni and Seasonal Berries (purchased coconut macaroon cookies and ice cream, frozen whipped topping)

Bistro Chicken (poultry from Sunday; canned tomatoes, jarred salad dressing, shredded mozarella cheese)
Rice or Pasta (boxed rice or pasta)
Fresh Green Beans
Caramelized Peaches and Cream

Grilled Shrimp with Greek Veggie Salsa (cleaned and deveined shrimp, canned tomatoes and black olives)
New Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Ice Cream with Apple Crunch Topper (purchased ice cream)

Linguine Primavera (vegetarian; purchased linguine, grated Parmesan cheese)
Watermelon / Raspberry / Strawberry Salad (bottled raspberry vinaigrette)
Fresh Fruit Tarts (prepared pie crust, canned Mandarin orange sections and pineapple tidbits)

Get inspired for your weekly menus at OrgJunkie!

I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,
Elizabeth Randall and Family

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